The first half was one of the best offensive performances we’ve seen in an NFL game this season, as the two sides combined for 52 points while the Bengals held a narrow 28-24 lead.
But the defenses stiffened, and the second half proved to be very challenging for the Bengals to get anything going. The offense had only scored three points in the second half before their game-winning drive that saw Andy Dalton throw a touchdown pass to A.J. Green with only seven second left on the clock.
Here are some reactions to the game:
A— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) September 30, 2018
AJ &^$*&#$^%$%^ GREEN!!!!!— Andrew Hawkins (@Hawk) September 30, 2018
A.J. Green yelling "this is my city!" as he runs off. (Lives in Atlanta in the offseason). #Bengals— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) September 30, 2018
Official team photo of Tyler Boyd. pic.twitter.com/Rqq9XseomH— Dadio McDuck (@dadiodefacto) September 30, 2018
No problem with Hopkins, but Redmond and Hart cannot continue to kill offensive plays and touchdowns. https://t.co/otjjORMwdm— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) September 30, 2018
Huge! Another solid weekend for Cincy football— Tony Pike (@TPike16) September 30, 2018
This man deserves a statue in Cincinnati one day. https://t.co/bIYmqAGFqP— Brandon Saho (@BrandonSaho) September 30, 2018
Dre Kirkpatrick jumped into the stands to celebrate with #Bengals fans. A lot of them here today— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) September 30, 2018
Vontaze Burfict returns on Monday.— Lindsay Patterson (@LndsPatterson) September 30, 2018
i ran the numbers, here’s what came back.— john sheeran (@John__Sheeran) September 30, 2018
john ross: 2 tds
julio jones: 0 tds
working on confirmation https://t.co/VYLU3AC49g
Who dey!!! Today is a good day. pic.twitter.com/zVqZRx8Tvr— Rebecca Toback (@Rebecca_Toback) September 30, 2018
No Eifert, no Gio and no Ross on that final drive. 16 plays, 75 yards. Wow. What a fine performance by this offense & Andy Dalton— James Rapien (@JamesRapien) September 30, 2018
Giddy. It has been a long time since the Bengals made me giddy.— Mo Egger (@MoEgger1530) September 30, 2018
No Gio, Mixon, Eifert and Ross....— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) September 30, 2018
16 plays, 75 yards to win it. Pretty ballsy, if you ask me. #Bengals
That last stat is crazy, but then again, they’ve had some good defenses to work with that rarely would give up 30+ points. That’s happened in back to back weeks, but the offense managed to save the day this time around.